Sentenced for sexual abuse

Cardinal George Pell sentenced to six years in jail

He will eligable for parole in three years and eight months.

The man who was once Australia's most powerful Catholic sat in the dock dressed in a suit without a clerical collar, as County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd carried out the sentencing.

"I am mindful I am sentencing you within a unique context," the chief judge said.

"As I directed the jury who convicted you in this trial, you are not to be made a scapegoat for any failings or perceived failings of the Catholic Church.